Viewers Nominate Best, Voting Begins
Posted Tuesday, January 16, 2001 9:57:14 AM
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Thousands upon thousand of nominations were cast over the past four weeks by soap fans for the best of the best of soaps in 2000. Each of the ten different sections of Soap Opera Central, one for each of the soaps currently on the air, held nominations in which soap fans could nominate the top actors, actresses and storylines for each show. Now, we've tabulated the top vote-getters in 16 categories for each of the ten soaps and have created a final ballot. On these final ballots soap fans are asked to vote for the best of the best.

Whether you watch one soap or - if it's possible - all ten, you're eligible to cast your vote in our Dankies, an online awards ceremony named for Soap Opera Central Dan Kroll (DanK). All that's required is that you're a registered user of the site. If you're not, don't worry: You can sign up for free and it takes just a few minutes. To register now, click here.

Following are some previews of each of the soaps' nominations results. You'll also be given links so that you can jump right in and cast your votes. You can vote whether you made nominations are not. Plus, you can send word to vote to all of your online friends through our Soap Cards section - free online postcards with a soap opera twist!

Click on your soap's or soaps' abbreviation to skip ahead to a summary of the nominations and links to the voting.

AMC | ATWT | B&B | DAYS | GH | GL | OLTL | PC | PS | Y&R

This year's Dankies for All My Children are now complete. The results of the winners are posted online at The AMC Pages. David Canary (Adam and Stuart Chandler) continued his dominance in the awards, but newcomer Josh Duhamel (Leo du Pres) made some waves of his own.

AMC/DANKIES: Find out who won The AMC Pages' top honors

Martha Byrne's double-duty as Lily and Rose helped ease her into four nominations. Several of Byrne's storylines were also featured amongst the nominees in the storyline categories. Another World refugee Tom Eplin (Jake McKinnon) hardly lost a step as he transferred from Bay City to Oakdale. The actor picked up four nominations of his own.

ATWT/DANKIES: See all the nominees and cast your votes on the final ballot.

Former star Marissa Tait scored big for her portrayal of Becky Moore. Tait's character died of cancer, but her work left memorable and favorable opinions among fans. Tait was honored for, among others, Outstanding Supporting Actress and Most Missed Performer. Her former on-screen co-star Mick Cain (CJ Garrison) also was among the honorees.

B&B/DANKIES: See all the nominees and cast your votes on the final ballot.

Kirsten Storms (Belle Black) pulled in a record-breaking six nominations for her work over the past year. Storms was nominated for Outstanding Younger Performer, Outstanding Supporting Actress and Outstanding Newcomer among others. Matt Cedeño (Brandon Walker) garned a couple of nominations, including Outstanding Supporting Actor and Most Attractive Actor.

DAYS/DANKIES: See all the nominees and cast your votes on the final ballot.

Sarah Brown (Carly Corinthos) and Maurice Benard (Sonny Corinthos) dominated the nominations. The pair combined for eight nominations including Leading Actor and Actress honors. Steve Burton, who will make his return to General Hospital at the end of January, also earned a heap of praise, garnering nominations for Outstanding Leading Actor and Most Missed Performer. It's unclear how his planned return to the show will impact the voting in the "Missed" category.

GH/DANKIES: See all the nominees and cast your votes on the final ballot.

Like The Bold and the Beautiful's final ballot, Guiding Light featured a former star leading the pack of nominees. Joie Lenz (ex-Michelle Bauer) topped the nominations with five. Lenz drew high praise for her work as well as the storylines in which she appeared. Her former on-screen beau, Paul Anthony Stewart (Danny Santos) was also highly mentioned among the nominations.

GL/DANKIES: See all the nominees and cast your votes on the final ballot.

Roger Howarth (Todd Manning) and Hillary B. Smith (Nora Buchanan) led the way in OLTL Online's nominations. Smith was fueled by her work in a storyline where her character was involved in a train accident and then held hostage by the man who saved her from the wreckage. Howarth, on the other hand, returned to Llanview after an extended absence - but his fans were waiting for him. Howarth warned four nominations and his reunion with Blair earned a Favorite Storyline nomination. Robin Strasser (ex-Dorian Lord) received a nod for Most Missed Performer and she also received praise for her role on Passions.

OLTL/DANKIES: See all the nominees and cast your votes on the final ballot.

The year 2000 was the first full-year run for newcomer Passions. Though the show is still new, fans have already found their favorites as well as a respect for the show's performers. Galen Gering (Luis Lopez-Fitzgerald) was the most-nominated male performer. Perhaps more notable are nominees elsewhere on the ballot - in categories not usually given much weight. Maureen McCormick, known best as Marcia Brady from The Brady Bunch, earned nominations as Outstanding Recurring Role or Special Guest as well as Most Missed Performer. McCormick has a brief run on Passions before the role was taken over by Andrea Evans - who was also nominated in the "Recurring" category. Robin Strasser received a nod in the same field for her role of Hecuba, but the actress also received a nomination for her previous work on One Life to Live.

PASSIONS/DANKIES: See all the nominees and cast your votes on the final ballot.

A year of remarkable changes really shook up the ballot on the Port Charles Dankies. At least half of all the nominees in the acting categories are for stars who were not with the show one year ago. Newcomers Kiko Ellsworth (Jamal Woods) and Thorsten Kaye (Ian Thornhart) led the way for the men. Kimberlin Brown (Rachel Locke) and Lisa Ann Hadley (Julie Devlin Morris) - both of whom left the show - are among the nominees for Outstanding Lead Actress.

PC/DANKIES: See all the nominees and cast your votes on the final ballot.

The younger stars of The Young and the Restless really made a mark on viewers over the past year. Actress Ashley Bashioum (Mackenzie Browning) and David Tom (Billy Abbott) split nine nominations between them. Bashioum led the pack with five. Tom's real-life sister, Heather (Victoria Newman) was mysteriously absent from the ballot. Also missing is soon-to-be former star Tricia Cast (Nina McNeil). The actress ends her more-than-a decade run on the show without a single nomination.

Y&R/DANKIES: See all the nominees and cast your votes on the final ballot.

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